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Athens News Agency: News in English, 01-05-14

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  • [01] State Radio & TV-2004 Olympics-Sponsor
  • [02] Olympic Airways-Privatisation Tender-Bids
  • [03] Foreign Exchange Rates - Tuesday
  • [04] Weather Forecast-Tuesday
  • [05] Yugoslav defence minister to visit Greece on Tuesday

  • [01] State Radio & TV-2004 Olympics-Sponsor

    14/05/2001 21:09:53

    State-owned Hellenic Radio & Television SA (ERT) has been named media sponsor for the 2004 Olympic Games to be hosted by Athens.

    ERT has offered 5.7 billion drachmas, of which three billion drachmas represent free advertising time.

    The decision was taken by the board of the domestic organising committee for the Games and the contract signed by the committee's president, Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and ERT's president, Panayiotis Panayiotou.

    Angelopoulos-Daskalaki told reporters that the organising committee had met 93 percent of its sponsorship target through five sponsorships out of a total of forty.

    [02] Olympic Airways-Privatisation Tender-Bids

    14/05/2001 20:14:36

    The Restis Group, Axon Airlines and a consortium led by Cyprus Airways each submitted a bid in a privatisation tender for a majority stake in ailing national carrier Olympic Airways, Transport and Communications Minister Christos Verelis said on Monday.

    A fourth firm that had expressed interest in the sale - Integrated Airline Solutions - requested an extension to bid that was refused, Verelis told reporters.

    The tender's deadline for binding bids, which were submitted to tender consultant Credit Suisse First Boston, had already been extended.

    Verelis said he would ask the three bidders to allow the content of their offers to be released to the media for reasons of transparency.

    He added that the winning bid would be published, and he would personally brief party political opposition leaders and the airline's staff on the contract to be signed with the winner.

    In nine days, Credit Suisse First Boston is to recommend one of the three bids to the government, with Verelis and National Economy and Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou due to make the final decision.

    [03] Foreign Exchange Rates - Tuesday

    14/05/2001 19:11:50

    Buying rates for Tuesday

    U.S. dollar 386.513

    German mark 172.829

    French franc 051.531

    Pound sterling 547.671

    Irish punt 429.202

    Belgian franc 008.379

    Luxembourg franc 008.379

    Dutch guilder 153.389

    Italian lira (100) 017.457

    Austrian schilling 024.565

    Danish kroner 45.303

    Swedish kroner 37.547

    Finnish mark 056.852

    Spanish peseta 002.032

    Portuguese escudo 001.686

    Japanese yen (100) 314.084

    Swiss franc 220.535

    Norwegian kroner 42.306

    Cyprus pound 584.306

    Canadian dollar 248.904

    Australian dollar 199.935

    [04] Weather Forecast-Tuesday

    14/05/2001 18:16:48

    Mostly sunny weather is forecast throughout the country on Tuesday, turning to showers or storms in eastern Macedonia and Thrace from evening. Winds northerly, light to moderate, turning strong in the Aegean. On the northern mainland, temperatures will range from 8C to 23C; in the Ionian and on the rest of the mainland from 11C to 26C; and in the Aegean islands, from 14C to 22C. In Athens, scattered cloud will appear from evening. Temperatures between 13C and 25C. Same in Thessaloniki with temperatures from 10C to 22C.

    [05] Yugoslav defence minister to visit Greece on Tuesday

    14/05/2001 16:09:18

    BELGRADE (ANA - M. Mouratidis) - Yugoslav Defence Minister Slobodan Krapovic is to make an official visit to Greece on May 15-17 at the invitation of Greek Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos.

    According to an official announcement by the Yugoslav defence ministry on Monday, Krapovic plans to hold talks in Athens on bilateral cooperation in defence issues and measures to increase regional security and sign two bilateral agreements on military cooperation.

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